March 21, 2014 9:36 am
Updated: March 21, 2014 10:33 pm

RCMP acknowledge first stages of Amber Tuccaro investigation were mishandled


EDMONTON – The mother of a slain northern Alberta woman has filed a federal public complaint against an Edmonton-area RCMP detachment over its investigation of the murder.

Amber Tuccaro, 20, of Fort Chipewyan was last seen getting into an unknown man’s vehicle during a visit to Edmonton in August 2010.

In September 2012, a group of horseback riders discovered a skull in a wooded area in a field on a rural property near Leduc.

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Dental records determined the remains belonged to Amber Tuccaro.

The case had previously been turned over to Project Kare, which looks into missing or murdered women, but the victim’s mother says Leduc Mounties have not fully co-operated with the family and have failed to perform an adequate investigation.

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“All we are seeking, and have been seeking, is our right to know certain things with this investigation which is still outstanding,” said Vivian Tuccaro.

On Thursday, Tuccaro filed a complaint against members of the Leduc RCMP detachment with the Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP in Ottawa.

“It is our belief that the Leduc RCMP have failed to perform an adequate investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of my daughter,” she said. “We have more questions than we do answers and it’s been four years since she’s been missing and two years since her remains were located and we’re nowhere near satisfied with this investigation.”

A spokesperson with the RCMP says they are aware of the complaint, but are unable to speak to specifics. However, Sgt. Josee Valiquette adds the RCMP “recognizes initial elements of the investigation were mishandled.”

Valiquette tells Global News RCMP “learned a great deal from this file.”

“The RCMP missing persons unit along with new policies and procedures were created because of the Amber Tuccaro file and other factors learned over the course of other investigations.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

The RCMP put up a billboard encouraging people to visit a website to listen to the audio of a conversation between Amber and an unknown man recorded the night she disappeared.

READ MORE: RCMP hope new billboard will help solve Amber Tuccaro cold case 

You can hear both sides of the conversation here  (warning: it contains strong language and may be disturbing to some, as Tuccaro expresses concern about her whereabouts.)

Global News has contacted both the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP and Alberta RCMP, and is waiting for a response.

With files from The Canadian Press

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